Green Lantern

Movie review by S. Jhoanna Robledo, Common Sense Media
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Common Sense says

age 12+

Entertaining but superficial superhero thriller.

PG-13 2011 105 minutes

Parents say

age 12+

Based on 25 reviews

Kids say

age 11+

Based on 63 reviews

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Community Reviews

age 10+

GREEN LANTERN

This movie is ok. The green lanterns mask looks kind of ridiculous, and the story is a lot like other movies. The movie does not, in my opinion have that much violence, compared to some other super hero movies like, Captain America. There is some sexy stuff and not much cursing. It is kind of what a lot of movies are like. The evil character looks kind of creepy, and some of the fight scenes are kind of intense. The effects in this movie in my opinion are very good. The last thing I have to say is that i feel like they kind of rushed the story to fit in 1 movie. In conclusion this movie is ok for 10/11.
age 12+

Wha-- like, what even... *ugh*

There's a reason that Ryan Reynolds naturally refers to this pile of garbage as his worst movie. That being said, I'm going to be blunt: this movie sucks. It is a masterclass in stupidity and a perfect example of studio interference combined with a terrible, terrible, concept. This movie could have been good. This movie should have been good! The director and producers had decades of Green Lantern comics upon which they could base their movie! So much wasted potential... so much. To appease the people who use this website as a reference tool: yeah, sure, okay. This movie is probably fine for 12 year olds. Some creepy imagery. Superhero violence. It's all over the top and dumb. And fine, Ryan Reynolds's character (I can't even remember his name) is a pretty cool guy. Good role models abound, as the Green Lantern people are protectors of the universe, blah, blah, blah. But PLEASE! There are so many good superhero movies out there. Go... shoo... don't watch this movie. Go watch The Avengers or The Dark Knight or Deadpool or Spider-Man or even The Crow for gods sake. Just don't subject yourself to this monstrosity. Ever.

This title has:

Great role models
Too much violence
Too much swearing

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